Job Openings

Careers at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are rewarding in more ways than one. While working at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, including at Fallingwater, you’ll experience an unusually deep sense of accomplishment, pride and camaraderie with other like-minded professionals.

Current Job Openings

Kitchen Assistant

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterwork, has a part time position for a Kitchen Assistant.  The position assists the Chef/Café Manager with preparation and delivery of food for the Café and for special events, as required.  Prior food service experience in a restaurant kitchen and some knowledge of food preparation is required.  Professional training or culinary school degree is strongly preferred.  Must be able to work weekends and holidays and be flexible with schedule and hours.

Apply to this job:
Please send a cover letter and resume to and list Kitchen Assistant in the subject line of the email.

Land Conservation - AmeriCorps Service Position

Mill Run, PA

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is seeking one Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps member to serve the Land Conservation Program for 300 hours. The service member will work under the supervision of assigned Land Conservation staff.

Position Duration: June 4 - August 10, 2018

Location: Bear Run Nature Reserve.  1478 Mill Run Road, Mill Run PA 15464

Job Description: The primary focus of this position will be management and monitoring of Bear Run Nature Reserve.  Duties will include working independently, with WPC staff, and with volunteer crews to construct and repair hiking trails, monitor and mark boundaries, manage invasive species, and conduct native forest restoration activities within conifer plantations.

Qualifications: We prefer applicants who are working toward or have a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management or a related subject and have the ability to work in the field, traverse rough terrain, work in varying weather conditions, and perform physically demanding tasks. Experience with trail construction and invasive plant identification and control is strongly preferred. Must possess valid driver’s license and be able to travel to different locations throughout western Pennsylvania. Having a vehicle is a plus, as the job site is rural.

Free on-site housing is available.  MT members will receive a gross stipend of $320.00 every two weeks through-out their term of service and an education award of $1230.69 upon successful completion.

Apply for this job:
Send resume and cover letter to Brian Jones, Land Stewardship Coordinator, at

Avian Field Technician

Pittsburgh, PA and field sites throughout Pennsylvania

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be primarily collecting data throughout Pennsylvania as part of grassland bird survey and research efforts for use in biodiversity conservation. The Avian Field Technician will work together with other WPC staff to accomplish goals outlined in the specified project, WPC’s strategic plan, and/or the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program Operating Plan.

The Avian Field Technician will conduct off-road point counts surveys to collect occurrence, abundance and diversity information on bird species and assemblages at targeted sites of ecological value across Pennsylvania. The successful applicant will be expected to work independently as well as alongside WPC staff to complete surveys, bush-whacking on foot to most locations and navigating through rugged and sometimes dangerous terrain (i.e. rocks, insects, poison ivy, sun exposure and rattlesnakes). Other duties may include desktop field preparations, site access communications with private landowners and public land managers, data entry, and assisting with vegetation assessments as needed. There is also potential to assist with other current avian ecology projects as well.

Qualifications: Must have experience and familiarity with the birds and ecosystems of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. Working knowledge and experience with identification of birds by sight and sound is required. Candidates should have experience with intensive scientific field studies, ecological research techniques (especially avian surveys), and working in remote locations with extended field excursions. Must be able to travel throughout Pennsylvania and be able to work various hours, as needed. Must have ability to hike long distances over potentially exposed, steep, hilly, and/or rocky terrain, and work long hours in cool, hot, or wet spring/summer conditions. Familiarity with GPS and map navigation in remote settings preferred. Valid U.S. driver’s license required. Qualified individuals should have completed or be currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Zoology or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience in relevant positions and projects.

Position Duration: mid-May to late-July 2018 (approximately 8-10 weeks)

Pay: $15 per hour; 40 hour work-week, plus some expenses and work-trip lodging

Apply for this job:
Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to and list Avian Field Technician in the subject line of the email. Application deadline is March 1.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy considers applicants and volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual preference, disability, marital status or veteran status. Read the WPC Equal Opportunity Employer Statement.